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Sixteen men from across the Americas travel to Las Vegas with one dream, one goal – to become The Ultimate Fighter.

Determination. Discipline. Excellence.

Recaps by Jason Block, GSNN


FACT FILE:

Host:
Willa Ford
Coaches: Matt Hughes & Rich Franklin
Packager: Zuffa, LLC; Spike TV
Airs: Mondays at 11:05pm ET on Spike TV


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Leave It In the Octagon - September 19

A big thanks for their assistance to SPikeTV.com for information that contributed to this recap.

"Leave It In The Octagon"

As the fighters recap the Joe vs. Marcus fight, one thing is clear; Marcus made a big mistake choosing to fight Joe. Joe is great at takedowns and Marcus never stood a chance. Coach Hughes thinks it was a bad coaching mistake made by Coach Franklin. I agree. Joe just let him try and outbox him, and then BOOM! He took him down and pounded into him chopped meat.

Matt continues to taunt Jorge by telling him that it’s obvious the only way he will fight is if Matt calls him out and forces him to fight. All the mental games are starting to get under Jorge’s skin. One day this will come back to haunt Jorge.

Team Hughes head to the YMCA for training. Matt reveals he is concerned about the status of his heavyweights. They are all injured. Mike has a cut on his head and Dan and Tom are both nursing knee injuries. Being from Team Miletich, Matt thinks injuries are part of the sport and that fighters should suck it up and get through it. In my opinion, injuries have been the key point in this series. We have lost 3 fighters to injuries.

The heavyweights compete in another Xtreme Right Guard Challenge: Rock ‘em Sock ‘em. The objective is to remove the other team’s socks. (Ok.) Team Hughes wins six socks to zero and the fighter selection is once again in Matt’s hands. So I guess Team Franklin is sockless in Vegas.

Dana White, owner of the UFC, announces that the fight will be between Tom and Rashad. Matt thinks Rashad is vulnerable because he has a cut over his eye and Matt questions his heart. Rich thinks Matt is definitely underestimating Rashad. Dana agrees with Matt and thinks Tom can take Rashad out.

Team Franklin adopts an unusual training practice, showing up at the gym in their “tighty whiteys.” When Rich sees his fighters standing at attention in their underwear he is disappointed that he didn’t get the tighty whitey memo. Was he being sarcastic in this? I guess they were trying to see who the best man was :P

Rich thinks Rashad is the sleeper in his heavyweight class Rashad isn’t too concerned that he’s the smaller heavyweight but he knows he has to bring his ‘A’ game into the octagon.

Back at the house, Rashad cuts Tom’s hair. Tom confides in Rashad that he has some serious concerns about risking any more damage to his knee. He has a job and family to go back to when the competition is over. Again, a lot of injuries have been taking a toll this season.

It is the night before the fight and the guys are bored, so they decide to play a game of hide and seek. Sammy explains it was either that or setting something on fire. Sammy is a pyromaniac.

Tom and Rashad both opt to stay out of all the mischief and decide to hang out together in the bedroom instead. They enjoy a little pre-fight night chatter. Smart.

It’s fight day. Both Tom and Rashad are confident they have what it takes to win this battle. Both fighters enter the octagon ready to win and advance to those 2 contracts.

Round one begins and almost a full minute goes by before Tom and Rashad make any contact. They were feeling each other out. Tom seems to be doing just enough to defend himself against Rashad’s attacks and he is not making any aggressive moves himself. The round ends with nothing
really happening.

Round 2 looks promising as Tom catches Rashad in a choke. But Rashad slowly works his way out of the hold. Rashad throws his knees again and Tom doesn’t do much to counter them. Then Tom makes some half-hearted attempts to punch Rashad. Tom doesn't seem to be in the fight.

In Round 3, Rashad gets Tom on his back but he can’t maintain the dominant position. Rashad attempts another attack but Tom manages to fend it off. Tom and Rashad spend a lot of time clenched together against the fence. Tom manages to elbow Rashad but doesn’t follow with any more attacks. Tom doesn't seem to be taking any aggressive stance at all.

As the fight ends, Dana feels that Tom did nothing the entire fight and this is the worst fight he has ever seen in his whole life. I agree. This was horrible.

It’s no surprise when Rashad is declared the winner by unanimous decision. Dana explains that it’s not about every fight being the most exciting fight, it’s about seeing two guys out there who really want it. He hopes that Rashad will show more heart in future fights. Rashad didn't show me much in the fight.

Matt is extremely upset that Tom did not give 100% out there. Tom is disappointed with his performance in the fight. He knows this is the worst performance he’s ever given but feels, nonetheless, that this whole experience was a good learning opportunity. Learning yes, but if you want to be "The Ultimate Fighter"...you have to want it bad enough. In this fight, he showed nothing.

Tune in next week for the next episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 2"! And remember to watch Ultimate Fight Night Live! on October 3, at 8PM on SpikeTV!

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